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Pope Francis Donates $1 Million to Iraqi Refugees (3532)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq as the Pope’s personal envoy, says the money was given to help Christians and other religious minorities.

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Refugee children from Iraq who have take shelter at the Syro-Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil, Iraq.

– Aid to the Church in Need

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from Aug. 12-20.

Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the Islamic State, is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and is within 50 miles of territory held by the Islamic State.

Cardinal Filoni met in private with Pope Francis the day after he returned to Rome and spoke to CNA Aug. 22.

Cardinal Filoni said he carried with him one-tenth...READ MORE

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Despite Setback, Jindal Continues Opposition to Common Core (2706)

Although a Louisiana judge overturned Bobby Jindal’s suspension of the Common Core standards Tuesday, the Pelican State governor’s chief of staff said Jindal will appeal.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

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NEW ORLEANS — Although Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s battle against Common Core education state standards lost ground with Tuesday’s court ruling lifting his suspension on the standards, Anna Arthurs, a founder of Louisiana Catholics for Excellence in Education, thinks the Republican governor’s recent actions blocking the norms will help Catholic parents who oppose them.

“We needed that support,” said Arthurs, a Thibodaux, La., physician and mother of four. “We needed someone to stand up and state what we have said all along about Common Core. Gov. Jindal validated us and re-ignited our movement.”

She hopes diocesan officials are paying attention to what the governor is doing.

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Obama Administration Announces New HHS Mandate Rules (1809)

The new rules create a new way for nonprofit groups to object to the required coverage, prompting their insurance companies to offer the coverage free of charge.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, which address both nonprofits and closely held for-profit entities.

The new rules create a new way for nonprofit groups to voice their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance companies to offer the coverage free of charge. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas on how to extend the same accommodation offered to nonprofits.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Aug. 22 that the new rules will ensure access to free contraception, “while respecting religious considerations raised by...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ (5312)

Jim Caviezel stars in a faith-friendly sports film that’s more interested in extolling character than in developing characters.

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Sports movies love underdogs scrapping their way to the top. When the Game Stands Tall is about what happens when a ridiculously successful team finally stumbles.

Not many people openly embrace the famous remark, widely if erroneously ascribed to Vince Lombardi, that “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” — but when your team goes over a decade without losing a single game, racking up more than 150 consecutive victories and 12 state championships, winning can become something more pernicious than “the only thing”: It can be taken for granted.

Thomas Carter, who directed the 2005 basketball movie Coach Carter, brings his game to the story of Bob Ladouceur, who coached football at...READ MORE

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It Is Time to Revoke the Catholic Status of the LCWR, Did Jesus Really Die and Rise and Much More! (3674)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the It Is Time to Revoke the Catholic Status of the LCWR by Dr. Jeff Mirus link to read more.

It Is Time to Revoke the Catholic Status of the LCWR by Dr. Jeff Mirus – BigPulpit.com

Jim Caviezel Talks Hollywood – Trisha Hoffman, Aleteia∝

Did Jesus Really Die and Rise? – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Did Pope Francis Really Endorse Airstrikes? – Fr. Z’s Blog

What’s Never Mentioned in the Sex Scandal Cases by Kevin O’Brien – BigPulpit.com

The Flowers in Cell 21: Saint Maximilian Kolbe – Christopher T. Haley, The Standard Bearers

What’s Never Mentioned in the Sex Scandal Cases by Kevin O’Brien – BigPulpit.com

Editorial: Help Iraq in Six Steps – OSV Newsweekly

A Just War, We Must Act to Help Iraq’s Minorities – The Catholic Herald

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Pope Francis Reaches Out to Slain Journalist’s Family (4598)

The Holy Father telephoned the parents of James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants.

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John and Diane Foley talk to reporters Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, N.H.

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VATICAN CITY — The parents of freelance journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS terrorists earlier this week, were “deeply moved and grateful” for Pope Francis’ telephone call yesterday, a Vatican spokesman has said.

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed last night that the Holy Father called Foley’s family in New Hampshire to console them on the loss of their son. Diane and John Foley received the Pope’s call at about 3pm Thursday afternoon, local time.

“He was very compassionate, very loving,” said a priest friend of the family, Father Marc Montminy, of St. Michael’s Church in Exeter. Father Montminy added that Pope Francis spoke...READ MORE

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Detroit Mourns Loss of Cardinal Edmund Szoka (1274)

The archbishop of Detroit marked the 60th anniversary of his ordination in June.

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Cardinal Edmund Szoka

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DETROIT — Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who had served as archbishop of Detroit and president of the Vatican City State, died Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 86 at the local Providence Park Hospital.

“We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd. For 60 years, Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron, current archbishop of Detroit. “He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors.”

Born on Sept.14, 1927, Edmund Casimir Szoka grew up in Grand Rapids as the child of Polish immigrants. He attended St. Joseph Seminary and was ordained a priest on June 5, 1954,...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus and Gary Sinise Unite to Aid Veterans (2190)

The veteran actor said, 'It's very important we take care of these heroes.'

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Gary Sinise describes his charitable foundation Aug. 5 during the K of C States Dinner.

– CNA/Knights of Columbus

ORLANDO, Fla. — Actor Gary Sinise’s respect and admiration for military men and women goes far beyond his role as Lt. Dan in the popular 1994 film Forrest Gump.

For generations, members of his family and his wife’s family have served their country, which inspired Sinise to support veterans for years and ultimately start the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011.

This past year, the Knights of Columbus donated $200,000 to help build a “smart home” for U.S. Army Cpl. Kyle Hockenberry, who lost three of his limbs in combat.

“They are a great, tremendous charitable organization and have demonstrated that for over 100 years,” Sinise told CNA Aug. 7, “so to get their support is very meaningful and...READ MORE

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